You see; the way I see it there are three types of employees; the first one is the loyal employee who is dedicated to the job, but wants nothing more than the job. He/she shows up each day on time, leaves at 5:00 and does this routine day in and day out. They want nothing more than routine and they are committed to it. The next employee is the one with the ‘ownership mentality’ he/she shows up each day, is there early, and often stays late. They are committed to contributing, making a good company GREAT and the TEAM even GREATER. They think like an ‘owner’, your dime is there dime. Then there is what I call the ‘egg-sucking dog’ (a term used by a mentor and coach many years ago) this is the good employee that ‘GOES BAD’. He/she started with a positive attitude and slowly overtime, that employee’s attitude has eroded to where the employee is now a liability to the company and possibly even the entire TEAM. The big question is always why?
The results of a toxic employee can be devastating to the business if not corrected. The one big think to look at is it the company culture, the employee him/herself, or the leadership?
How do you deal with the toxic employee in your organization or how do you think the Toxic employee should be dealt with?
Looking for a good book on the subject, suggested reading;
- The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It Paperback – by Michael E. Gerber